Good news, the Connecticut Library Consortium just published its annual holiday booklists.
Link HERE for the 0-3 recommendations
Link HERE for the 3-8
Link HERE for 8-12
Link HERE for teens
Some highlights for me in the first age group include "Little Owl Lost" by Chris Houghton, a book I am dying to get my hands on, and "Dog Loves Books" by Louise Yates which just makes me so happy to look at. I love the look of Dog as he lays inside his book. Pure bliss.
The 3-8 category features two Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems (I'm a big fan), plus the over-the-top "I'm the Best" by Lucy Cousins, as well as "Life-Size Aquarium", by Teruyuki Komiya, a book you just have to see (and a new addition to our collection).
For older readers there's "Guys Read: Funny Business" edited by Jon Scieszka whom I've mentioned here on this blog, a collection of short funny stories that will get your reluctant reader wanting more. Plus "The Mysterious Howling", by Mary-Rose Wood, creepy good fun with a Jane Eyre type governess and children raised by wolves, for your adventurous reader.
Unfortunately, I'm only familiar with one of the books in the teen category (Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan: an excellent read), but I'm sure all are unique and superior.
Have fun choosing and feel free to ask Ms. Eileen and me for some of our personal recommendations for your children.